Warning: This post is completely about baby poop. Pictures included. Just a polite warning to the squeamish among us.
I am in the throes of baby poop. With an 8 week old, it seems to be everywhere I turn! I’m not a fan of up-the-back baby poop for many reasons, with the most obvious one being: stain removal.
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This is Mama’s tried-and-true method for getting baby poop out of those sweet little outfits. Please keep in mind that newborn (especially breast-fed) baby poop is one of the hardest stains to remove, so you may never have 100% removal. But with some work you can remove most of the stain and possibly all of it.
Stain Removal: Baby Poop
The scenario: You bought the cheap diapers because they were on sale, thinking, “They can’t be much different than The Swaddlers, right?”
The baby hasn’t pooped in 4 days and has finally decided to make up for lost time. With poop all the way up to her neckline, you try to oh so carefully remove her clothes without spreading it even more.
True story…happened to us at the doctor last week. It was so bad I had to give the baby a bath in the sink while we were there.
What do you do now? Especially when the outfit looks like this?
Drench the Baby Outfit in Cold Water
If you are able, run the outfit under cold water removing as much of the poop as you can.
If you are unable to immediately launder the outfit, leave it in a pan full of cold water to soak until you can deal with it.
The cold water soak will prevent the stain from setting in. Once the stain actually dries, it will be much harder to remove.
Wash the Baby Outfit Using these Step-by-Step Directions
The next step is to wash the outfit. Make sure you check off all of the following items:
→ Use a medium to large scoop of Oxi Clean depending upon the size of the laundry load.
→ Wash the item in warm water. Cold water won’t be as effective in removing the stain, since it is protein based.
→ Wash the outfit on the ‘normal’ cycle if the item will tolerate the agitation.
Because it is a more difficult stain to remove, it needs the added agitation of the ‘normal’ cycle. If the item is of a delicate fabric you can wash it on the ‘gentle’ cycle, but you might not be as successful in complete removal of the stain.
Hang the Baby Outfit to Dry
After you have washed the outfit according to these recommendations, hang the item to dry.
Just hang it on a coat hanger and let it dry on the shower curtain rod overnight, or just let it dry on a drying rack.
Do not dry it in the dryer.
When an item is wet, it can fool you into believing that the stain is not there! You can only really tell if the stain is completely gone when the outfit is totally dry.
Better yet, dry the outfit in the sun. The sun has amazing stain removal properties, so take advantage of them! And its bleaching power is free, which is even better.
If the stain is still there even after hang drying the outfit, you’ll need to do The Soak.
Then wash again as directed above and dry in the sun if at all possible. Between the Oxi Clean and the sun, you’ll hopefully be able to remove the stain completely.